• Air Flights

    Major airlines fly into Cape Town and Johannesburg on a daily basis. You won’t get cheaper fares by booking them in Southern Africa so you may as well book them from wherever you are/live.
  • Baz Bus Hop on Hop off

    The Baz Bus is a hop-on, hop-off backpackers bus in South Africa. It’s an easy way to get from A to B and a fun way to meet other travellers. They drop you at your backpacking hostel door.
  • Buy back Car Companies

    Buy a car here for your journey through Southern Africa and save up to 60% in rental fees!
  • Car Hire South Africa

    There are a number of cheap car hire operators in South Africa. All of the cities in South Africa have car hire branches.
  • Long distance trains

    Southern Africa does not have a great railroad infrastructure so travelling by train is fairly restrictive (but fun nonetheless).
  • Minibus taxis

    Without doubt, the cheapest way to travel is to use local black transport systems or “minibus taxis”. They require nerves of steel but are definitely the most efficient way to get around pretty much anywhere in South Africa.

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Long Distance Buses

There are a number of long distance buses including Translux, Intercape, Greyhound and the Baz Bus (which is the only real backpacker bus).


Transport

  • Mainliner bus services

    These are usually air-conditioned “luxury buses” which have on-board toilets and a hostess who occasionally offers you a sugary drink or blanket. “Chicken (pack ‘em and stack ‘em) busses” are cheaper, less spacious, more crowded, more likely to be fun (if you have a sense of humour) and more likely to break down. In some areas they may be the only bus service and are unlikely to have a strict timetable.
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(randomly selected service providers from all regions)

Knoll Guest House
Knoll Guest House offers travellers comfortable accommodation on their beautiful farm.
(Hilton,Drakensberg Backpacker Hostels)

Rocky Road Backpackers
Located at the edge of a beautiful indigenous forest, close to animal sanctuaries, activities and adventures.
(Addo Elephant Park,Garden Route)

Cullinan Backpackers
Cullinan Backpackers is a great place to chill after a busy day, meet other travellers or enjoy an array of adventures in Pretoria.
(Pretoria City,Pretoria)

Le Paradis Lodge
Le Paradis lodge lies just 200m from the beach with a 180° sea view on the South Coast of KZN.
(Umkomaas,South Coast)

Namibia Travel Connection
Namibia Travel Connection offers a great selection of tours and safaris in Namibia and neighbouring countries.
(Windhoek,Namibia)

Wild Lubanzi Backpackers and Trail Lodge
Walk, hike or drive to the wild side of being in the Middle of Nowhere
(Lubanzi,Wild Coast)

Asante Caravans and Camping
Give your inner gypsy a caravan to play in.And meet Billy the bull and his menagerie.
(Wilderness,Garden Route)

Township Vibe Backpackers
Township Vibe Backpackers is a vibey pozzie in the epic township of Kwamashu in Durban.
(Durban ,Durban)

The Old Gaol Backpackers
A great place for visiting Backpackers to meet Grahamstown University Students
(Grahamstown,Eastern Cape Inland and the Karoo)

Backpackers Bazaar
The experts on travel and adventure in Southern Africa, based in Vic Falls.
(Victoria Falls,Zimbabwe and Zambia)